It may be the land of pizza and pasta, but culinary exploration isn’t the only thing on one’s mind when heading to Italy. Between checking off the Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome and Leaning Tower of Pisa from your must-see list, and sipping on Italian wine, shopping has to figure in your itinerary. Italy is, after all, home to some of the biggest designer brands in the world. And The Mall in Tuscany is just the place to head to.In the heart of Tuscany, The Mall is a one-stop-shopping destination for that retail therapy you’re seeking on your Euro trip. An outlet shopping centre, it is home to 37 labels that include storied names like Alexander McQueen, Tod’s, Gucci, Ferragamo, Cavalli, Armani, Valentino, Balenciaga, and many more. Shopping here is a 360-degree experience in luxury, which starts pretty much from the moment you decide to go there. While you can opt to get to The Mall from Florence in their direct bus or the train, there is the option of a tailor-made shuttle and car service. The Welcome Lounge at the premises helps you with queries or requirements that you may have, an experience that can be further enhanced with the help of personal shoppers who assist you on your shopping sojourn.
With so many stores to head to, the shopping marathon is sure to tire you out. To recharge, head to their new restaurant, Toscanino. Opened keeping in mind the dietary preferences of Indians, Toscanino has purely vegetarian authentic Italian dishes, and is ideal for a hearty meal. If what you want is a quick snack instead, the Toscanino bistro is your go-to place. Looking to cool off your heels for a bit? The VIP Lounge by Poltrona Frau is for a luxurious power break. And once you are done, customers who are residents outside the European Union can head to the Tax Free Lounge for an early refund of VAT on the products over €155.
Best of all, you can make a day out of this shopping trip. The drive through the Tuscan countryside to The Mall is filled with stunning views featuring endless grassy knolls. Make a pit-stop anywhere, unpack your picnic hamper, and soak in pristine nature. The Mall also has a new outlet in Sanremo, an hour’s drive away from the French Riviera, which has 15 coveted international labels and the food lounge, adHoc, that caters to customised dietary requirements. The traditional Italian gelato at the Grom ice-cream corner cannot be missed.
With both the destinations being the epitome of shop, eat, repeat, there’s nothing to stop you from adding The Mall to your next Europe holiday.
Check the details for address, timings, and how to get there on their website, here.